It was just a joke of a title that Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen didn’t deserve to win. They were the core of one of the biggest circus teams in recent memory (until they acquired the likes of Stephon Marbury and Nate Robinson, but more on that later) and their fans proved to be just as big as front-runners as Phoenix Suns fans.
Yes, I’m still bitter about June 17th, 2008.
June 17th, 2010, the Lakers stand one game away from vanquishing the Celtics in an even more ruthless fashion. And I think I’ve figured out why the Basketball Gods rewarded the Boston Celtics with the 2008 title. Because, it’s that much more painful to lose something that you had and you valued. And the trap door is about to kick out from the Boston Celtics franchise.
It started with Kevin Garnett’s knee. Has anyone ever heard an official diagnosis on his knee problems, other than “Father Time Tonya Harding’ed him in Utah?” The “warrior”, who picks on the likes of Yi Jianlian and Zaza Pachulia, has been robbed of all the athleticism that once made him one of the most feared players in the league. Except during crunch times of big games–because you see, Kevin Garnett wants no part of that. He never has. That’s why he shoots fade-aways and defers to his teammates. The Universe has funny ways of extracting karma from people who do a good job at accruing bad karma. I haven’t seen somebody lose so much talent so fast since the MonStars ganked Mugsy Bogues’ skills in SpaceJam.
Then in 2009, with the Celtics struggling, they took a waiver on Stephon Marbury, a guy who once ate vaseline on the internet and one of the biggest clowns that the NBA has ever seen. Red Auerbach, again, if he had a soul, it would be rolling in his grave. The Celtics basically threw out any old school principles they ever claimed to stand on.
They got exactly what was coming to them. A second round elimination to the Orlando Magic. All the while, Garnett “stood” on the sidelines, barking with buldging eyes, attempting to stay relevant.